Stem porcelain cup. Underglaze blue waves with incised dragons in reserve. Groups of rocks rising from base. Inscription in roundel inside.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 90 millimetres
- Diameter: 101 millimetres
Inscription CommentSix-character Xuande mark in a double ring in underglaze blue inside the cup
Published PDF date : Ming Xuande 1426-1435Room 95 label text:
Blue-and-white stemcup with reserved dragons
Craftsmen at Jingdezhen thoroughly processed the local clay to remove any impurities. This resulted in highly refined clay which was purer, whiter, and finer in the early fifteenth century than in any other period of the Ming dynasty. This pure body is visible on this example in the flat unglazed base, at the rim of the vessel and where the dragons are covered with a transparent glaze contrasting with the underglaze blue waves.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Xuande mark and period, AD 1426–35
On display: G95/dc59/s3
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Object reference number: RRC39541
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